Akarigbo of Remo, Oba Babatunde Adewale Ajayi(left); Commissioner For Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Jide Ojuko; Olori Olufunmilayo Olabinjo; Eleposo of Eposo Land, Oba Mukaila Akanji Olabinjo [Luwo Abejoye 11]; Olori Adejoke; Alaye Ode of Ode-Remo, Oba Adetunji Osho; and Aare Dr Kola Oyefeso at the coronation and presentation of staff of office to Oba Olabinjo as Eleposo of Eposo Land, Remo, Ogun State.
The people of the Eposo Ode Remo of Ogun State have crowned a new king. He is Oba Akanji Olabinjo, the Eleposo of Eposo.The coronation which took place at Eposo palace brought dignitaries from all all over the world. Epose community is one of the thirty three towns that make up Remoland. It has its own kingship institution and has the first oba from
IIe-Ife, cradle of all Yoruba, with his traditional beaded crown.
The oba who gave a brief history of himself said he was born as a prince in the royal family of Luwo Abejoye of Ode-Remo, to Papa and Mama Kehinde Olabinjo on April 20, 1952. His primary education was both at Christ Missionary School, Ode –Remo and Saint Stephens Primary School, Ikare-Akoko, leaving in 1966. For his secondary education, he attended Victory College Ilare-Akoko where he passed the West African School Certificate Examination with flying colours in 1971.
Oba Olabinjo later attended many managerial and business studies and seminars before his working career between 1971 and 1976 variously at Nigerian Perfecta Shoes, African Central Glass, Nigeria Textile Mills and Dunlop Nigeria PLC.The new king left paid employment in 1976 to solely establish Alliance Printing Press and its success culminated in further ventures among which are Classy Transport Service, Mukah Hotel and Suites as well as real estate.
Despite his entrepreneurial initiative, Oba Olabinjo never forgets his domain being his place of birth and Agege area of Lagos State from where he transacts his businesses. He has always been at the beck and call of these communities. For his selfless service and public spirit, he was awarded a lot of chieftaincy titles.
An example of his outstanding support for fatherland was his active involvement with cash and kind in the construction of Eposo Palace without the inkling that one day, he will fortuitously be made the Eleposo.
The Eleposo is a devout muslim and pari passu a sport enthusiast, an art and culture aficionado, a lover of good music and consummate dancer.
Oba Olabinjo has travelled across the globe and he is bringing this vast exposure, his entrepreneurship expertise cum versatility in native intelligence, to bear in the ruling of Eposoland.
The monarch said: “I must not allow the euphoria of this coronation to underpaly the fact that my ascension to the Eposo throne is a very serious call to service to fatherland. Ordinarily, given the enormity of the work we need to do to turn Eposoland into a city in our own lifetime, the task may seem daunting, but it is not really, given the time-hornored adage that where there is a will there will always be a way.
“It is in this respect that I am humbly seeking the support of government in sitting laudable project on arable Eposoland .we will be ready to yield our land just for the asking. We are not unconscious of the face that developing a city is not the sole responsibility of Government, we indigenes must bready willing to contribute our quota, as we will stop at nothing in mounting pressure on Government to make this environment conducive for rapid development of Eposoland.”
The Oba said the first priority is electricity.Hon. Benjamin Adeyemi Olabinjo, chairman Ode Remo Development Council, called on the sons and daughters of the land to rally round the new king to make Eposo great in terms of commercialization and industrialization for intending investors as “Eposo is peace-loving, conducive and accessible.”